American Express Platinum Charge Card Bonus Returns

Amex Platinum CardAfter dropping their bonus to a measly 2,000 Membership Rewards points a couple of weeks ago, American Express has reintroduced a decent bonus for taking out their American Express Platinum Charge card. The bonus is now 35,000 Membership Reward points. This is still some way off the previous best of 52,000 points, but is still a very good deal.

It looks like Amex is testing the market, to see what level of bonus they need to offer to entice people to take the card and its benefits, albeit for a fairly hefty £450 per year charge.

You can find out more details on the card here.


American Express BA Premium Plus Card Bonus Down to 19,000 Avios

British Airways
The bonus for being referred for the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card has been reduced to 19,000 Avios from today. This is still a good deal, but not quite as good as the 26,000 Avios being offered last week. I have updated the Credit Card Offers page to reflect the change.

Debenhams and Fenwick join the Amex and Foursquare Offer (£25 refund on £50 spend)

DebenhamsDebenhams and Fenwick have today joined the American Express and Foursquare offer I wrote about earlier this week. In both cases, you get a £25 for spending £50 in each store. As explained in my previous post, you can create and sync each American Express (and supplementary card) to its own Foursquare account (creating new ones as required) and you’ll get a £25 statement credit for each £50 spend on each card.

If theFenwickre is nothing specific you want to buy in store, the recommendation is to get a gift-card and top it up with £50 with each of your Amex cards – you can then buy whatever you want beyond the end date of the offer (March) and effectively get a 50% discount on all purchases up to the value of the gift cards you buy or top-up.

If you do not already have an American Express card, now would be a good time to apply for one, to maximise your benefits in this offer, and to use in the many regular offers that arrive with theses cards.

American Express 52,000 Membership Rewards Bonus – Time Running Out

Amex Platinum CardTime is running out if you want to be referred, for the American Express Platinum Charge card and receive 52,000 Amex Membership Rewards points, which can be converted to 52,000 Avios, or to other airline and hotel programs.

This offer expires on 3rd March and, after this date, it is likely that the offer will reduce significantly, possibly back to the 40,000 bonus it was last year.

You can find more details on this offer here or you can apply for the card here.

American Express Statement Credit with Foursquare

Update (1st March 2013): Some of the offers below have now expired, but Debenhams and Fenwick have been added to the list. See more details here.

Many people will have heard of this offer, but for those that haven’t, Foursquare have a deal running with American Express where you get a statement credit when you make  card purchases at specific retailers. For example, if you spend £50 on your American Express card at House of Fraser before 28th Feburary, you’ll get a £25 statement credit back on your American Express statement. The full list of retailers taking part in the offer is as follows:

American Express and Foursquare Offer

In order to register for the offer, you need a Foursquare account and you then have to sync your American Express card with that account. You do so at the following URL:

Once you have done that, you need to download the Foursquare app (available for both iPhones and Android devices), “Check in” to each retailer. This will “Unlock” the offer on your device and you then need to “Load” the offer onto your card. After that, you’re all set – just make the purchases.

One of the best ways to utilise this deal is to buy Giftcard’s before the offer end date, from those retailers that have them – you can use the gift cards beyond the end of the offer, but still get the statement credit.

Note that you can check in to the retailer in advance of actually visiting the store (eg, days before) and you do not have to check in to the same store you end up visiting. The most important thing, and the one some people have forgotten, is that you have to load the offer to your card within the Foursquare app. If you do not do this, you will not get the statement credit.

If you have multiple American Express cards (credit cards or  charge cards) then you can set up one Foursquare account per card, and sync each American Express card to its own Foursquare account. This way, you can get multiple statement credits.

To track this, I’d recommend keeping a spreadsheet or other document detailing which cards are sync’d to which Foursquare accounts.

One final trick is to use a feature of GMail to register a different email address with each Foursquare account. If you have GMail address such as, then you can create multiple versions of it, but where all emails go to the same inbox. To do this, you add “+something” to the email address.

So, and look like two separate email addresses to Foursquare, but all emails sent to either address arrive into the same Inbox in GMail.

Two additional retailers are also soon to be added to the offer:

Amex and Foursquare - future retailers

If you do not already have an American Express card, check out the Credit Card Offers page.

Miles Mania Returns

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So Miles Mania went quiet all of a sudden in the middle of last year – some family/personal stuff came up that had to be dealt with, but its all ok now, so we’re back, hoping to help us all make the most of our frequent flyer programs.

The first thing I’ve done is update the American Express Credit Cards page with the latest sing-up deals – a great way to quickly earn some Membership Rewards points that you can then convert to other airline programs, such as British Airways Avios.

I’ve also summarised these offers below.

52,000 Bonus Membership Reward Points with the American Express Platinum Card

22,000 Bonus Membership Reward Points with the American Express Gold Card

26,000 Bonus Avios with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card

Please keep checking out the site as I bring you more offers.

Amex Platinum Charge Card – New Benefits Announced (UK)

Amex Platinum Card

American Express has started sending out the letters announcing the new benefits Platinum charge cardholder get for the increased annual fee of £450.

Some of the benefits are pretty good, such as Cathay Pacific Gold status, access to Cathay Pacific and OneWorld business lounges, allowing guests into Priority Pass lounges and automatic elite tier status with various hotel and car rental programs.

So, the card does still provide some great benefits, despite the increase in the annual fee, and the bonus 42,000 Membership Reward points for applying for the card still make that fee worthwhile, even if you later cancel the card and receive a pro-rata annual fee refund. However, whether the card is worth keeping once you have the 42,000 points bonus will have to be each individuals own decision based on their circumstances.

We are still digesting the full content of the letter, an example of which is below: